Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NDFB YF&R Leadership Conference

I know this post is late but I didn't want to miss putting it on my blog!

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in one of the most amazing leadership conferences I've been to in my life!  North Dakota Farm Bureau has put a lot of focus into supporting each generation and has allowed the Young Farmer and Rancher committee the opportunity to put on a conference each January that focuses on a variety of topics including leadership development, current agriculture issues, political policies and much much more!

This year we had a variety of amazing speakers that hit on many target areas that we as young people deal with each and every day!  Dr. Ron Hanson, a specialist in the transition of farms and ranches between generations spoke about the importance of communication in relationships and also gave a great talk on how each generational transition is different but it is important to find the right one for your family.

Katie Heger gave an amazing presentation about stress management.  It is a topic that often goes undiscussed in our industry but is something that is very common among producers and ag professionals.  She did a great job at talking about issues people face today and gave some really helpful resources for people to use when facing these issues.

Sandy Clark, NDFB's Lobbyist gave an update on what's going on in the Legislature and provided a lot of information about how we can communicate with our lawmakers.

There were question an answer sessions, expert panels and lots of discussion.

The weekend wasn't without fun, however!  We participated in farm Olympics! My team, Hawbaker's Haymakers, had a blast!  We enjoyed Ice Cream donated by the dairy association and also had the opportunity to participate in social media throughout the weekend!

Chris & Bria Brossart enjoying some ice cream treats!

Old Collegiate friends reuniting!

Even the board members got in on the tractor driving!
Tom Tarnavsky testing out his skills!

NDFB Field Staff Tom Bodine helping his little ones learn the art of tractor driving!

My team! Hawbaker's Haymakers!

Ron Hanson giving a great break out session!

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